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New paper on a 3D, full-body reconstruction of the Megalodon

Our new paper has been published in Science Advances. Based on an exceptionally preserved specimen, we reconstructed the entire body shape of the extinct giant shark, the Megalodon. Our model further allowed us to infer movement and feeding ecology, revealing unprecedented swimming & prey intake abilities.

Check our cool animated video summarising our study on our YouTube channel!



New postdoc joining in September

We are delighted to welcome Gregor Mathes to our team. His research interests include conservation palaeontology, analytical macroecology, and data science. He applies novel statistical tools to the fossil record to gain insights about Earths history. Using this information about the past, he focuses on the conservation of recent biodiversity under current climate change.



A perspective on a new research

An exciting, new study by Sibert and Rubin in Science based on deep sea core sediments suggests that today's low diversity of oceanic sharks might be the result of a dramatic and mysterious extinction event, ~19Ma.

Pimiento and Pyenson wrote a perspective on this finding, pointing out that such dramatic biodiversity loss feels like a déjà vu given that today, overfishing is causing an extinction of similar proportions (but at at a much faster rate) not only in the the open ocean, but also in shallow waters. 


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Our new publication

We analysed the oldest fossil occurrences of all extant sharks and rays and found that while living genera extend 190 Ma,

species can go back in geologic time as far as 66Ma. Interestingly, species currently  threatened with extinction have the oldest records. 



Catalina's career and research highlighted in the Colombian press


The most read newspapers in Colombia, El Tiempo and El Espectador, published a profile of Catalina's career and her research on Megalodon.

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We infer †O. megalodon body dimensions based on anatomical measurements of five ecologically and physiologically similar extant lamniforms.  Our results suggest that a 16 m †O. megalodon likely had a head ~ 4.65 m long, a dorsal fin ~ 1.62 m tall and a tail ~ 3.85 m high. Morphometric analyses further suggest that its dorsal and caudal fins were adapted for swift predatory locomotion and long-swimming periods.

Read the paper



Our new publication

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Shark Week? We have the facts

Jack wrote a series of articles on the Bristol Dinosaur Project Blog about all we know about Megalodon. These aim to provide accurate information on the species during The Discovery Channel's Shark Week.


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